A Look At Recent Black Bear Attacks

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June 12, 2024

In recent months, there have been several alarming incidents of black bear attacks across North America.

Black bears are beautiful, intelligent animals that can survive where brown bears can’t. And although they are far less aggressive than their larger cousins, they do attack.

One such attack occurred in Alpine, Arizona, where a 15-year-old boy named Brigham Hawkins was injured inside his family’s cabin according to the Arizona Fish & Game Department. The bear entered through an open door, swiping at Brigham’s face and arm before being dispatched by wildlife officers. This incident marks the 16th bear attack in Arizona since 1990, emphasizing the importance of bear safety practices in bear-prone areas​.

A Trib Live story report In Butler Township, Pennsylvania, Lee Ann Galante faced a harrowing experience when a bear attacked her in her backyard. Galante was severely injured while trying to protect her dog from the bear, suffering multiple facial injuries and requiring significant medical treatment. The mother bear was later euthanized due to its aggressive behavior​.

Another incident in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, involved a woman who was attacked by a bear while running on a trail according to a report at Global News. She was knocked down and bitten but managed to escape with minor injuries. Conservation officers have since placed warning signs in the area to alert others of the potential danger​.

 

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